Looking for a projector? Various kinds of projectors are available in the market. Before you plan to buy the one for you, you should be clear about your needs. Whether you need it just for movies or games, or an alternative to TV or you are going to use it for business purposes?
If you are into traveling a lot, you may be searching for small pocket-sized or mid-size portable one? If you are going to use it for classroom or offices, you may wish to have a stationary one.
Below we have listed top 10 best projectors under 200 dollars of 2017. Let’s have a look.
1. Video Projector Portable, CiBest GP90 LCD Projector HD 1080p 3200 Luminous Efficiency LED Multimedia Home Cinema Theater Entertainment Movie Party Game Projector HDMI VGA for Laptop iPad Smartphone
If you are planning to create a personal home theatre with a budget projector then this one might be the best choice for you. The projector has native resolution of 1280×800 and support videos of 1080p. It’s very rare to have this much native resolution in a projector with this price range. It has in-built audio system so you will not require adding additional speaker with it. However, if you want to enhance the music experience and want to connect it with the additional speaker or music system then you can easily do this as it has connectivity options of HDMI or RCA L/R jack port. But, please note that Dolby and AC3 audio are not supported by the projector.
If you want to connect the projector with your iPad or Smartphone then you will require a wireless HDMI adapter which does not come with the projector.
The projector provides you screen size of 35-180 inches with distance of 1.2 – 5.5 meter. Although, for the best viewing experience the perfect screen size is 80-120 inches with the distance of 2.5 – 3.6 meter. It has magnificent lamp life of 30,000 hours which is sufficient enough to use it for years without changing lamp. It is recommended to keep this projector at the distance of 1 meter to avoid any noise disturbance.
2. GooDee Movie Projector 3200 Luminous Efficiency 1280×800 Native Resolution LCD Max 180″ Home Theater Video Projector with HDMI Support 1080P VGA USB AV TV Laptop for Entertainment Game Party
This GooDee projector is recommended for the movie lovers as well as gaming gurus. Tell me the name of a person who doesn’t like to play games? And what will be the experience if you can play it on the 180 inches grand screen with awesome picture quality? Very few in the world are fortunate enough to experience this. The projector is not only good for the gaming but for the movies too. It has native resolution of 1280×800 and supports 1080p videos. The projector has luminous efficiency of 3200 lumens which provide vivid picture quality. The projector provides screen size of 35 – 180 inches with distance of 1.2 – 5 meter. For the best picture quality, the recommended size is 80-120 with the projection distance of 2.5-4 meter.
You can connect it with your other gadgets like Computer, Laptop, PlayStation, X-Box, Camera, Chromecast, Steaming Stick etc. with the HDMI port. If you want to connect it with your Smartphone or tablet then you will require having a wireless HDMI dongle. It has built-in stereo speaker with SRS Sound technology. It has lamp life of 30,000 hours that is sufficient enough to use it for the longer time without changing it.
3. TENKER Projector, 3200 Lumens 1280×800 Resolution LCD Video Projector with HDMI Cable, Multimedia Portable Home Theater Projector Support 1080P HDMI USB VGA AV TV Laptop Game iPhone Android
This Tenker is specially built for the movie or home entertainment purpose. It has native display resolution of 1280×800 pixels and supports 1080p videos. The brightness of this projector is quite good and it has luminous efficiency of 3200 lumens. If you are fond of big screen sizes then this will be a good choice for you as it provides screen size of 50 to 280 inches with the distance of 1.8 to 8.5 meter, however most of the bedrooms are not 8.5 meter long but if you have a basement or dungeon kind of place then you can literally enjoy theater experience in your home.
You can easily connect it with your other devices like PC, Laptop, USB, Smartphone, tablet etc. But please note that to connect it with the smart phone or tablet, you will require a Wi-Fi display dongle. It has In-built speaker with SRS Sound Technology, that provides great sound quality and you don’t need to buy additional speakers. It comes with 3 years of warranty so you can enjoy it without worrying about any malfunction. It provides lamp life of 20,000 hrs. It has 1.07 billion colors which provide brilliant quality images. You can also mount it on the ceiling. The projector is not recommended for PPT or business presentations.
4. Simplebeam Projector GP90 Native 720p WXGA Video LCD 3200 Lumens LED Efficiency Projectors 1080p Full HD Double HDMI for Home Cinema/Game/TV Show/Camping/Outdoor Movie/Birthday Party
The projector GP90 is good for the movies and home entertainment as it has native resolution of 1280×800 pixels and supports full HD videos of 1920×800 pixels. This Simplebeam projector provides screen size of 35 – 160 inches with the distance of 1.2 – 4.8 meter. The projector is not only great in picture but also in sound quality because it has in-built speaker with SRS sound technology that provides magnificent sound and you will feel like you are sitting in an actual home theatre . The projector has luminous efficiency of 3200 lumens which provides bright and clear images.
It has connectivity options of HDMI, USB, VGA. You can easily connect it with your other gadgets such as DVD, X-Box, Direct TV, Firestick etc. The projector has LED lamp with the lamp life of 20,000 hrs making it convenient enough to use it for longer time without worrying about changing the lamp.
5. DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector, Multimedia Home Theater Video Projector Support 1080P HDMI USB SD Card VGA AV for Home Cinema TV Laptop Game iPhone Andriod Smartphone with Free HDMI Cable
Looking for a mini projector which you can easily carry? Well, you have reached to a right option. This DBPower T20 Mini Projector is a perfect for the people who are looking for an easy to carry projector. It just weighs 2.1 lbs and the dimension of 8x12x4.5 inches makes it convenient enough that you can easily hold it in your one hand. The projector provides screen size of 32 to 176 inches with the distance of 1.5 to 5 meter. For the best picture experience its recommended screen size is 130 inches which can be achieve with the distance of 2 to 2.5 meters.
If you are worry about the malfunctions of projector then not to worry as the company provides 3 years of warranty with the projector. The projector has brightness of 1500 lumens which is lower than the other projectors in the list, but, as this is a mini projector, so, this much brightness is fairly good. It has native resolution of 800×400 pixels and supports videos of 1920×1080 pixels. The projector has connectivity options of HDMI, VGA, USB, AV, SD. It also has in-built speaker, so if you want to carry it elsewhere and thinking about the sound then don’t worry, you need not to carry a separate speaker. You can connect it with your smart phone but for that you should have a wireless HDMI Dongle. The projector is not recommended for the office presentations or PPT, Excel files.
6. DR.J (Upgraded) 1800Lumens 4Inch Mini Projector with 170 Inch Display – 40,000 Hour LED Full HD Video Projector 1080P, Compatible with Amazon Fire TV Stick, HDMI, VGA, USB, AV, SD (1.5M HDMI Cable)
Another good option for the mini projector!! This is one of the best mini projector that weighs just 1.9 pounds, making it extremely easy to carry. The projector is mini but it has decent features. It has brightness of 1800 lumens which is better than many other mini projectors in the same range. The projector has native resolution of 840×480 pixels which is again better than many competitors. It supports videos of 1080 pixels. It has decent lamp life of 40,000 hours but sadly this time we can’t say that it’s better than its competitor like its other features, but still 40,000 is not less and is sufficient enough that you may not require to change the lamp for even next 10 years.
Despite being a small projector it provides quite large screen size of 32 to 176 inches with the distance of 1.5 to 5 meter. The projector is compatible with many other gadgets such as ChromeBook, Computer, Laptop, TV box, SD card, USB drive etc. You can use this projector for 3 years without worrying about the repairing as the company provides 3 years of warranty for this projector.
7. Fugetek FG-857, Home Theater Cinema projector
Easy to set-up FG-857 is a well-known home projector with 720p HD resolution. Perfect for home, either pay high graphics game or watch HD movies on it.
The device supports two HDMI and USB ports. Connect to your phones, PCs, laptops or pen drives and watch videos. It comes with a remote control that let you adjust various settings and volume.
Its internal speaker is also very powerful. However, you can connect extra external speakers if you want to.Be sure with its one-year warranty assurance.
8. LESHP Mini Portable Multi-Media 1080P HD 3D Projector
Working on TFT LCD panel system this highly portable projector offers great clarity. Small in size, you can carry it anywhere. You can adjust the picture quality manually to get the best view.
The projector supports in-built speakers that produce loud and clear sound. You can readily connect it to your phone, laptop, TV, USB sticks or set-up box.
Enjoy 1080p HD quality clarity with this 3D projector. It supports almost all video formats, image, music and document formats. It also has a very long lamp life of 20,000 hours. It’s one of the most sought-after home theater projectors for the money.
9. Paick 3200 Lumens LED Video Projector with HDMI Support 1080P for Home Cinema Theater
The projector is suitable for the personal movie theater or to play video games on the big screen. It has luminous brightness of 3200 lumens for vivid picture quality. Native resolution of the projector is 1280×800 pixels which provide clear and beautiful images. The projector provides screen size of 32 to 200 inches with the distance of 1.1 to 6 meter; however, the recommended size is 80 inches with the distance of 2 meter. You can mount this projector at Front or Rear ceiling of the screen.
It has connectivity options of HDMI, USB and VGA. It is compatible with the other gadgets like Fire Stick, Laptop, Chrome Cast, DVD Player, TV Box etc. It can be connect with iPhone, android Smartphone but for that you will require an adapter. The projector has built-in speakers with SRS Sound Technology that provides good quality sound. If you want louder sound then you can connect additional speakers with the projector. Please note that it doesn’t support Dolby Sound System. The company provides 2 Years of warranty with the projector; you can use this projector for 2 years without worrying about any malfunction. This projector is not recommended for PPT or business presentations.
10. 2017 Model ABOX 2400 Lumens LCD Video Projector, GooBang Doo Multimedia Home Theater Video Projector Support 1080p HDMI USB SD Card VGA AV for Home Cinema TV – White
The best thing we like about this projector is its lamp life. The projector provides you Lamp life of enormous 50,000 hrs. That‘s huge enough that if you will use this projector for 5 – 6 hrs daily, even then it will run for many years and you will not require to change the lamp anywhere soon. The projector has luminous efficiency of 2400 lumens which is little lower than other projectors in this list but still this projector provides good picture quality. It is recommended to use this projector indoor and in darkness.
The projector provides screen size of 32 to 176 inches and the best screen size for this projector is 80 inches with the distance of 2 meter. If you are looking projector for the office presentation or PPT, Excel files then I am afraid this one is not recommended for you. The projector is good for the movies or home entertainment but not for the office presentations. For office presentations, you can check other projectors in the list. If you want to connect it with your Smartphone or tablet then you will require having a HDMI Adapter. The projector has native resolution of 800×480 and supports 1920x1080p videos.
Points to Consider while buying a Good Projector under 200:
How to buy a Best Projector:
I have seen that while making a purchase of their projectors many people are concerned only with price. Yes, the price is one of the main deciding factors for any of your shopping. But, the thing with a projector is that most of you are not clear with the features or specs.
Some of you may want to purchase a 4k UHD (Ultra HD) Projector but i am afraid that is quite difficult to get below the budget of 200 dollars.
There are some of the attributes like a contrast ratio, aspect ratio, resolutions and Lumen (Brightness) that are a bit technical.
Anyway, knowing the fundamental concepts of these terms can help you sort out your best projector under the same price range.
Many time you too have seen people vaguely choosing their projector. For example, if they are a two-lumen option let’s say 1000 and 2000, most of them consider 2000. It’s not like that, the environment and the condition where you are going to use the projector is the deciding factor. Maybe if you are going to use the projector only in a dark laboratory or classroom, 1000 lumen will be sufficient.
So let’s get familiar these terms one by one.
Contrast Ratio is the ratio between luminance( or brightness) of the brightest( white) and the darkest( black) color. These are mostly in the form like 1500:1, 2000:1. What does it signify?
It signifies that the whites are 1500 and 2000 times brighter than the blacks respectively. Greater the ratio, better is the image quality of projector. You would get detailed black, shadow details, and vivid projection.
Think of a picture of a city at night, a tv, projector or monitor with good contrast ratio will clearly show the dark night sky along with the details of the city light.
If the contrast ratio is low, it would show washed out details with dull star, background, and details.
Similarly, if you watch movies that are often in dark background or night scene, like the Star-War, the contrast ratio becomes very important in such cases. Only a high contrast ratio can give you the real feel and taste.
Aspect Ratio and the Resolution
This two-term are much related and dependent so, I am going to discuss it together.
Resolution is the numbers of pixels that projector can project out. While aspect ratio is the shape the projector will project the screen, whether it would be a rectangle or a square.
There are different kinds of resolution, for example, the popular ones are XGA, WXGA, and HD( High definition).
Now, the first one XGA is almost square with an aspect ration of 4:3, you can think of a 4*4 square. It is actually the oldest resolution in the market that is still popular. Its resolution is 1024*768, 1024 on the horizontal axis and 768 on the vertical axis. This resolution is mostly popular for powerpoint presentation, church, and business application. The main reason for its popularity is its low cost. Also, it’s light in weight and quite portable too. So, for a business people, these features are quite supporting.
Now, coming to the next one WXGA. It has a resolution of 1280*800, much higher than XGA. So, you can get more information on it something great of spreadsheets. It has an aspect ratio of 16:10, so it’s more like a rectangle. Thus, you get better resolution, spacious screen size, and it all comes at a little higher price.
The last one is the HD, that everyone loves and each one of you wants HD.It offers 1920*1080 resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9, so it a little narrow rectangle giving you a high depth. It’s great for home theaters, conferences, photography, Auto CAD application where you need lots of detail, and lots of quality in the picture output. Now, the downside is the size, and weight, it’s a little heavy. Also, the price is higher.
Types Of Projection Technologies:
Today we are going to have a brief introduction of three projection technology used in modern projectors. These are DLP, LCD and LCoS.
- DLP stands for Digital Light Processing
- LCD for Liquid Crystal Display and
- LCoS for Liquid Crystal on Silicone.
DLP : Starting with DLP, all the DLP projectors use digital mirror device known as the DLP chip. Light is reflected from the surface of this special chip. Several millions of microscopic mirrors on the chips form the image. Then, the light travels through a photic disc and a lens and is finally projected on the screens.
Further, there are two types of DLP projectors, those having a single chip called Single-Chip DLP and those which are three-chip DLP containing three chips.
A single chip DLP projector is used in most of DLP projectors used for business, education and home use. Whereas, theaters 3-chip DLP projectors are used for commercial applications like theaters and high-end home theaters. The three-chip ones are much high priced generally over $10,000 and that why it is so less popular.
Single-chip DLP projectors are more popular. They offer great performance for their price. When it comes to the size single-chip DLP projector are most portable and smaller than other two( LCD and CMoS) as the technology is just the single chip process more compact and easier to make.
LCD: Next on our list is the LCD. Today, most of the LCD projectors use three LCD microdisplay chips for each of the primary colors, red, blue and green. It is often referred as a 3LCD projector. In the past, LCD suffered from a popular drawback of much lower contrast ratio when compared to the DLP projector.
However, significant progress has been made in LCD projection technology and many new technologies like Dynamic Irises that has resulted in LCD to the same level of the competitive technology like DLP and LCoS.
In fact, I would say LCD is now the best value for your money. It offers a winning combination of performance, price and features making them a popular candidate in mid price range for business, education and home entertainment applications.
LCoS : Finally it’s time to LCoS projectors. Well, we will not go into the details of technology being used in LCoS Projection, the reason being it’s very varied in nature. As said earlier these are heavily priced and are used mostly for commercial purposes. They are however noted for their smooth clear projected images. Many projector manufacturers use their own modified name for their different projector technologies. For example, JVC calls D-ILA and Sony call its SXRD, there are many other technology variations of LCoS by various manufacturers.
Typically, the LCoS projectors are priced between $3000 to $10000 and produce high quality 1080p native resolution.
Next, I have seen many people worry about connecting projector with their devices like laptops and mobile phones. Do they keep asking a question like how can I connect my projector to my iPhone? Or how can I connect wirelessly to my pocket projectors? What are the options to connect my device with the projectors?
Whatever be your need, there is something for everyone. zone top 10 presents the list of top ten best projector under $200 dollars for you.
Always be sure to look at the color brightness specification of your projector. They are mentioned in the form like 1000, 1500, 2000, 5000 and like that. The rule of thumb is higher the better ( and costlier too).
With high brightness, the images have more vivid, vibrant and detailed color. But, with low brightness, colors can look dull, washed out and important details are lost. Many manufacturers with low brightness level, try not to publish or talk on the brightness number. And you know the reason why. Be sure to check the Lumen before you buy the projector or you may end up buying one with low brightness.
I tested three different projectors inside my room on my home theater. And the difference of picture quality was huge. You get what you pay for. I checked in complete darkness and with natural light, without curtain covering the window. The performance of low lumen projector decreased awfully. I noticed a clear increase in quality with the increment of 1000 Lumen. If you don’t have many projectors to test, like I have, you can search Youtube for comparison of projector’s brightness. There are various comparison videos there where they compare different projectors and you can actually see that.
Now, when you know the important concepts behind the deciding factors of a projector, you can easily choose the best. I mean you can decide between the good and bad projector among the various candidates you have for a given price range.
Now, it would be helpful for you to know about various projection technology used in projections.
Different connection options available with projectors:
Before I answer some specific questions, I am going to discuss with you about the various kinds of connection options available. These are HDMI, component cables, DVI, VGA, S-Video and composite cables.
It stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. It is the best of the available options providing best sound and picture output (both audio and video). It is well capable of displaying out a 1080p resolution.
It’s the best and also higher in price when compared to the other cables.
Video Graphics Array or VGA is one of the most commonly used connection methods. VGA port is available on older PCs and laptops. HDMI is a newer introduction as compared to VGA. However, the picture quality from VGA is lower in quality than that coming out from HDMI. And, VGA only transmits video signals. So, you have to get a separate connection for audio.
It stands for Digital Video Interface, it falls somewhere in between the HDMI and VGA cable. It was developed after VGA cable but, was soon overtaken by the HDMI technology in most of the computers.
However, it is less costly that HDMI and is much better in picture quality output than the VGA, but lower than HDMI. It can provide high-quality HD output.
This technology also came somewhat before HDMI. Okay, you must have seen it, used it and can easily recognize it. You must have seen those three colored round input ports mainly in red, blue yellow and white. These are also to be seen on your DVDs and video games. That’s known as component cable.
These are capable of high-quality video transmission like the 1080p HD resolution. They are a bit complex as you have to deal with three different cables. And, that’s the reason they are not so preferred, but again on cost, they are the cheapest. You would never see such system on small and compact devices like smartphones and tablets.
S-video is also known as Super Video or Separate Video cables. These do provide good quality but are not capable of HD video. These are present in various devices like a game console, DVDs, camcorders, and computers. There is various variation S-video cable like they come in nine, seven and four pin types. Also, these are available for S-video type and non-S-video type devices.
Well, these are wired options available apart from that the new projectors are coming with wireless options too like the those working on WiFi and Bluetooth connections. And, that where the future improvement has to be.
Now I would be covering some commonly asked queries related to projector’s connection.
Common FAQs related to projector’s connection:
How to connect a projector to iPhone and iPad?
That’s very simple, you just need to buy some sort of connectors from the Apple store depending on your phone model. Like Apple, VGA-to-lightening adapter works on newer models(5,5s,6, 6 plus, 4rth generation iPads, and the later models). One end of the adapter fits in VGA port and the other end fits into your Apple device. That’s it.
And similarly, for the older models of Apple products( like iPhone 4, 4s or iPad 1,2,3) with a 30 pin connector, you need Apple VGA-to-30 pin adapter.
Similarly, for the Android phones, there is HDMI-to-microUSB adapter. One end of the adapter has micro USB that fits into your phone and the other end has HDMI input that fits into the projector. There is also MHL Micro USB to HDMI connector that is available with 11 and 5 pin USB that allows you to connect your Android smartphones to the projector.
How to connect projector wirelessly to my Android smartphones?
This feature works on the Wi-Fi enabled projectors. First, you have to turn on the projector, then you have to choose the input method on a projector as screen share. There are various input options like AV, component, USB, HDMI. Once you select the screen share mode you have to go to your phone’s setting, then go to “More”, inside that there is option “wireless display” or “Play to wireless player”. As you click on that, it would search and display the projector name, click on that. That’s all, your phone an project connects and your screen gets projected quickly.
How to connect laptop to the projector?
Connecting laptop to your projector is easier. Unlike, smartphones you do not need to have any adapters. You just need the right wire that established a connection between your laptop and the projector. As we have discussed various connection methods so there are different types of connection cables. Like there are HDMI cables for laptops, VGA cables, DVI cable, S-cables and component cables.
- 1 1. Video Projector Portable, CiBest GP90 LCD Projector HD 1080p 3200 Luminous Efficiency LED Multimedia Home Cinema Theater Entertainment Movie Party Game Projector HDMI VGA for Laptop iPad Smartphone
- 2 2. GooDee Movie Projector 3200 Luminous Efficiency 1280×800 Native Resolution LCD Max 180″ Home Theater Video Projector with HDMI Support 1080P VGA USB AV TV Laptop for Entertainment Game Party
- 3 3. TENKER Projector, 3200 Lumens 1280×800 Resolution LCD Video Projector with HDMI Cable, Multimedia Portable Home Theater Projector Support 1080P HDMI USB VGA AV TV Laptop Game iPhone Android
- 4 4. Simplebeam Projector GP90 Native 720p WXGA Video LCD 3200 Lumens LED Efficiency Projectors 1080p Full HD Double HDMI for Home Cinema/Game/TV Show/Camping/Outdoor Movie/Birthday Party
- 5 5. DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector, Multimedia Home Theater Video Projector Support 1080P HDMI USB SD Card VGA AV for Home Cinema TV Laptop Game iPhone Andriod Smartphone with Free HDMI Cable
- 6 6. DR.J (Upgraded) 1800Lumens 4Inch Mini Projector with 170 Inch Display – 40,000 Hour LED Full HD Video Projector 1080P, Compatible with Amazon Fire TV Stick, HDMI, VGA, USB, AV, SD (1.5M HDMI Cable)
- 7 7. Fugetek FG-857, Home Theater Cinema projector
- 8 8. LESHP Mini Portable Multi-Media 1080P HD 3D Projector
- 9 9. Paick 3200 Lumens LED Video Projector with HDMI Support 1080P for Home Cinema Theater
- 10 10. 2017 Model ABOX 2400 Lumens LCD Video Projector, GooBang Doo Multimedia Home Theater Video Projector Support 1080p HDMI USB SD Card VGA AV for Home Cinema TV – White
- 11 Points to Consider while buying a Good Projector under 200:
- 12 How to buy a Best Projector:
- 13 Brightness (Lumen)
- 14 Different connection options available with projectors:
- 15 How to connect a projector to iPhone and iPad?
- 16 How to connect projector wirelessly to my Android smartphones?
- 17 How to connect laptop to the projector?